Interpret Scotland

Interpret Scotland was launched in 2000 and was an interagency initiative between:

      • Forest Enterprise
      • Historic Scotland
      • National Museum of Scotland
      • Scottish Museums Council
      • Scottish Natural Heritage
      • The National Trust for Scotland
      • The Scottish Parliament

These organisations came together to help each other in a common cause:

      • to improve the quality and quantity of interpretation in Scotland;
      • to promote co-ordination at local and strategic level;
      • to share resources, expertise and experience to avoid duplicating effort.

Interpret Scotland functioned for 9 years and produced 19 high quality magazines, delivered a number of excellent training courses, promoting and connecting interpreters across Scotland and encouraging best practice in enhancing visitor experiences at cultural and natural heritage sites in Scotland.

The Interpret Scotland journal was published twice a year and was distributed free on request.

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Issue 19 September 2009

People focused interpretation This issue concentrates on the personal aspects of interpretation: the challenges of how to interpret people and their lives; bridging the gulf between […]
February 2, 2022

Issue 18 January 2009

Technology and interpretation Will taped commentaries replace live guides? Will museum visitors of the future explore the galleries with their eyes glued to an iPod? What […]
February 2, 2022

Issue 17 Spring 2008

The people’s treasures This issue broadened the advertised theme of National Parks to include the built heritage and collections in museums and galleries. It tried to […]
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Issue 16 Autumn 2007

The Vital Spark This issue coincided with The Vital Spark, an international conference on interpretation that was held as part of the Highland Year of Culture. […]
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Issue 15 Summer 2007

People, training and careers This issue looks  at the people who worked in interpretation in Scotland, and how they got there. Perhaps the most striking thing […]